World Championship: Judd Trump eases through opener against Dominic Dale
Last Updated: 24/04/13 2:46pm
Judd Trump faces Matthew Stevens or Marco Fu in the last 16
Judd Trump completed a 10-5 win over Dominic Dale to reach the second round of the Betfair World Championship.
Trump, the 2011 runner up, fired in breaks of 104, 73 and 61 on Wednesday morning to scupper any hopes Dale had of fighting back from his overnight 6-3 deficit, although the beaten Welshman almost produced a 147 maximum break, only to miss the 13th red in the 14th frame.
Dale snatched the opener after their 10am start but three in a row from Trump took him one frame away from a last-16 clash with Matthew Stevens or Marco Fu.
Dale then made his 96 break - 12 reds and blacks before he rattled a long red around the jaws of the yellow pocket.
"If I play like I did today I'll have a good chance. I know a lot of people are saying that anyone can win it but in my opinion there's only three or four who can."
A chipped black ball had to be replaced at that stage before Trump polished off his victory.
After early losses for John Higgins, Mark Williams, Mark Allen and, most surprisingly of all, Stephen Maguire, who went down to eccentric world number 70 Dechawat Poomjaeng on Tuesday night, Trump was delighted to make it through without a scare.
He also had the highest break of the tournament so far, a 142 in the sixth frame of the match, putting him in line for a £10,000 bonus.
Trump said: "It was good. I felt really comfortable out there, relaxed and with no pressure. I think it showed in how I played.
"If I play like I did today I'll have a good chance. I know a lot of people are saying that anyone can win it but in my opinion there's only three or four who can.
"If that certain amount of players play well then one of them is going to win it."
Ding Junhui also made comfortable progress through his first-round assignment, seeing off Scottish veteran Alan McManus by a 10-5 scoreline.
McManus, playing at the World Championship for the first time since 2006 but a two-time former semi-finalist, could not score heavily enough to seriously trouble Ding, leaving Graeme Dott as the only Scot still standing in the tournament.